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Sanctuary Jurisdiction Policy Could Impact Disaster Recovery

On January 25, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13768, "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States." The full implications of this broadly written Executive Order are not yet known; however, it…more

Executive Orders, FEMA, Natural Disasters, Sanctuary Cities, State and Local Government

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Fee-Shifting Corporate Bylaws: What's the Law in Maryland?

In May 2014, the Supreme Court of Delaware held that a non-stock corporation could enact bylaws that could force a shareholder to pay the corporation’s legal fees, costs, and expenses if the shareholder sues the corporation and…more

Bylaws, Fee-Shifting, Shareholder Litigation, Shareholders

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Doctrine of Laches Does Not Apply to Patent Damages

The Supreme Court of the United States in a 7-1 decision held that patent defendants cannot assert the defense/doctrine of laches to shorten the six-year statute of limitations for damages claims for patent infringement. SCA…more

Laches, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents

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Florida Court Rules Borrowers Who Surrender Property in Bankruptcy Can't Later Take it Back

Thanks to several recent United States Bankruptcy Court decisions in Florida, mortgage servicers should now expect borrowers who surrender their real property in bankruptcy to not contest foreclosure later. Since the bankruptcy…more

Bank of America, Bankruptcy Code, Borrowers, Chapter 13, Chapter 7

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Regulation A+: A Capital-Rising Method that is Ready for Franchising

In a prior article published in Franchising Today, we addressed the intersection of franchises and crowdfunding, a method of business financing which was made legal through rulemaking on the part of the Securities and Exchange…more

Accredited Investors, Capital Raising, Franchise Disclosure Document, Franchises, Franchisors

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So You Want To Sell Your Business… PART 4 of 4 – Engaging Advisors to Assist in the Sale

The time has come. You have well-thought-out reasons to sell your business. You have put your business in the best possible position for sale. You are ready to devote significant time and money to the sales process. Market…more

Accountants, Due Diligence, Non-Disclosure Agreement, Selling a Business

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Roadmap for Merger Decision-Making Process in Delaware

In a string of recent cases, the Delaware courts have given public companies a roadmap for structuring the decision-making process in merger transactions. Before delving into the recent decisions, it may help to understand the…more

Board of Directors, Breach of Duty, Business Judgment Rule, Controlling Stockholders, Corporate Counsel

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Power Company Plans to Capture Carbon Dioxide Emissions to Sell for Enhanced Oil Recovery

Cost overruns at a controversial coal-gasification plant under construction in Kemper County, Mississippi apparently have cost the CEO of Mississippi Power Company his job. Ed Day recently resigned and has been replaced by G…more

Carbon Capture and Sequestration, CEOs, Coal, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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FTC and DOJ Warn HR Professionals Against Anticompetitive Hiring and Compensation Agreements

On October 20, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) issued a joint Antitrust Guidance for Human Resources Professionals to address antitrust issues associated with…more

Antitrust Violations, DOJ, FTC, Hiring & Firing, Human Resources Professionals

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Oil and Gas Gathering Contracts: Contracts Running With the Land or Running On Empty?

In a much anticipated ruling, Bankruptcy Judge Shelley Chapman has granted the motion of Sabine Oil and Gas Corporation (No. 15-11835, USBC SDNY) to reject certain executory contracts with Nordheim Eagle Ford Gathering, LLC and…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Covenants that Run With the Land, Energy Sector, Midstream Contracts

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Some H4 Spouses of H-1Bs Can Apply for Work Cards Beginning May 26, 2015

On Tuesday, February 24, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, effective May 26, 2015, USCIS will begin accepting applications for work authorization of H-4 spouses of two groups of H-1B…more

DHS, Employment Authorization Documents (EAD), H-1B, H-4 Spouses, Spouses

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Just Play the Game: Sixth Circuit Says Student-Athletes Have No Right of Publicity in Game Broadcasts

In a short, sharp opinion filed August 17, 2016, a three-judge panel on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of a class action lawsuit brought by ten former college athletes asserting they were entitled to…more

Broadcasting, Corporate Counsel, Lanham Act, Name and Likeness, NCAA

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell: No Drilling in Atlantic Ocean

In a major reversal of the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program announced by the Obama administration on January 28, 2015, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced yesterday that the U.S. government…more

Department of the Interior, Energy Sector, Offshore Drilling, Oil & Gas, Outer Continental Shelf

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CFPB Shifts Focus to Auto Lending Industry

Auto lenders and servicers be advised: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) turns its lonely eyes to you. On June 17, 2015, the CFPB brought an action in the Southern District of Ohio against Security National…more

Automotive Industry, Automotive Loans, CFPA, CFPB, Compliance

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CMS Relaxes Proposals for Returning Overpayments, but Significant Questions Remain

On Thursday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a long awaited final rule that fleshes out the requirement for health care providers and suppliers that participate in Medicare Parts A and B to report…more

60-Day Rule, CMS, False Claims Act (FCA), Health Care Providers, Medicare Part A

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Treasury Department Issues FAQ on Impact of Cuba Policy Shift

On June 16, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a press release answering 12 "Frequently Asked Questions" ahead of President Trump's announcement of a revised U.S. policy towards…more

Cuba, Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR), EAR, Economic Sanctions, OFAC

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Managing Regulatory Risk in Nursing Home-Hospice Arrangements

Challenges of Nursing Home-Hospice Arrangements. As a nursing home resident's life expectation sunsets, transfer of the resident from the restorative care of a skilled nursing facility (SNF) to the palliative care of a hospice…more

Hospice, Nursing Homes

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Varsity Brands Earns Hard-Fought Win in Supreme Court Ruling Designs on Cheerleading Uniforms Are Copyrightable

The United States Supreme Court, in the case Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc., et al., Case No. 15-866, ruled in a 6-2 opinion that two-dimensional designs incorporated onto three-dimensional useful articles (here,…more

Cheerleaders, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Fashion Design, SCOTUS

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IRS (Once Again) Begins Using Private Debt Collectors

The IRS has recently renewed the use of private companies to assist with the collection of some of its past due accounts. Although according to the National Treasury Employees Union, each of the prior attempts to use private…more

Back Taxes, Debt Collection, Debt Collectors, Delinquency Status, FDCPA

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The Spotlight on Pay Equity is Here to Stay

On January 29, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced proposed rules that would require all employers with 100 or more employees – not just federal contractors as had been anticipated – to add W-2…more

Comment Period, Data Collection, EEO-1, EEOC, Equal Pay

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New Amendments to Florida's Proceedings Supplementary Statute Offer Clarity and Guidance for Judgment Creditors

Chapter 56 of the Florida Statutes provides the framework for judgment creditors to collect amounts owed pursuant to money judgments. Within Chapter 56, Section 56.29 governs the process by which a judgment creditor may seek to…more

Collection Action, Discovery, Fraudulent Transfers, Judgment Creditors, Third-Party

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Buying and Selling Your HUD-Financed Long Term Care Project: Navigating the TPA Process

So you have refinanced your long term care facility with Federal Housing Authority (FHA)-insured financing – a nonrecourse, 30-year (or longer) loan at an amazingly low fixed interest rate. Yes, the process may have been…more

Change of Ownership, Fair Housing Act (FHA), Financial Institutions, Financing, Healthcare

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City of Birmingham Raises Minimum Wage, Establishes Severe Employer Penalties in Aggressive Wage and Hour Ordinance

On August 18, 2015, the Birmingham, Alabama, City Council passed an aggressive wage and hour ordinance that raises the minimum wage to $10.10 by July 1, 2017. Presently, the minimum hourly wage in Alabama is $7.25, which is the…more

Minimum Wage, Tip Credit, Tipped Employees, Tips, Wage and Hour

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Power Outage Shows Unique Risks for Airport Cybersecurity

On May 27, 2017, thousands of British Airways passengers across the globe were stranded when a simple power failure took down critical systems, including those used to check in passengers. As images of crowded terminals and…more

Airports, Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity, Data Security

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Bill Introduced to Curtail the Stark Law's In-Office Ancillary Services Exception

On August 1, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced H.R. 2914, the Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act. The legislation would provide that the Stark Law's in-office ancillary services (IOAS) exception is not available for…more

CMS, Healthcare, HHS, Medical Devices, Medical Expenses

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Supreme Court Deals Major Blow to SEC Disgorgement Claims in Kokesh

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may now only collect disgorgement from defendants within five years of filing suit. On June 5, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the five-year statute of…more

Disgorgement, Enforcement Actions, Investment Management, Kokesh v SEC, Misappropriation

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IRS Issues Final Regulations for Charitable Hospitals

On December 29, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Treasury issued final regulations on requirements described in Section 501(r) for charitable hospitals exempt from federal income tax under Section…more

Charitable Organizations, CHNA, Exempt Organizations, Final Rules, Hospitals

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Federal District Court Rules Favorably for Medical Device Manufacturer in Off-Label Promotion Lawsuits

On April 13, 2015, in the case of Kathleen Hafer v. Medtronic, Inc., the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee issued a favorable opinion to a medical device manufacturer in the context of preemption…more

Leave to Amend, Manufacturers, Medical Devices, Medtronic, Misrepresentation

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Vicarious Liability of Motor Vehicle Lessors in Canada

The equipment finance industry breathed a sigh of relief when Federal legislation was enacted in 2005 preempting state laws imposing vicarious liability on lessors of motor vehicles. That relief may have been premature if the…more

Automotive Industry, Automotive Loans, Canada, Cars, Leases

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New HUD Guidance for Long Term Care Industry

On April 25, 2014, HUD issued a new Mortgagee Letter (Mortgagee Letter 2014-06) that implements revised policies with respect to master leases and portfolios for HUD-insured financing of long term care facilities. This letter…more

Commercial Leases, Financing, HUD, Leases, Long Term Care Facilities

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New Salary Threshold Is One Step Closer to Reality

Buckle your seat belts: the new pay regulations may be coming out as early as this April or May. Yesterday, the Department of Labor (DOL) forwarded its proposed final overtime regulations to the White House's Office of…more

DOL, Final Rules, FLSA, Minimum Salary, OMB

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HHS OIG Expands Safe Harbors, but Doubles Down with Enhanced Civil Monetary Penalties

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published two rules on December 7, 2016, updating certain existing safe harbor regulations, adding new safe harbor rules under the…more

Civil Monetary Penalty, FQHC, Health Care Providers, HHS, Medicare

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Murphy Oil USA v. NLRB: The Fifth Circuit and the NLRB Remain in Disagreement Over Arbitration Agreements that include Class and Collective Action Waivers

If persistence is what you want from the NLRB, then you are probably happy with the Board’s recent ruling on Murphy Oil USA’s class and collective action waivers. In case you missed it, the NLRB held that employment arbitration…more

Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Collective Actions, D.R. Horton v NLRB, FLSA, Murphy Oil USA

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Rock Band Assists Washington Redskins to an Offseason Victory

On June 19, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a landmark trademark decision that will pave the way for those with so-called “offensive” or disparaging trademarks to secure federal trademark registration…more

Disparagement, First Amendment, Free Speech, Lanham Act, Matal v Tam

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What the Mahalo??

Although commonly known, judgment creditors rarely utilize the charging order as a collection mechanism. This may change as a result of recent case law developments. The charging order has long been recognized in the partnership…more

Charging Orders, Creditors, Jurisdiction, Limited Liability Company (LLC), Partnerships

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OFAC Enforcement Trends in the Health Care, Agriculture and Tech Industries

The United States Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. governmental agency tasked with administering and enforcing economic sanctions against hostile targets in furtherance of U.S…more

Banks, Financial Institutions, OFAC, Popular, Sanctions

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Spotlight on Alabama: New Law Extends Creditor Protections for Certain Retirement Account Assets in Alabama

On May 18, Governor Kay Ivey signed Act 2017-317 (the "Act") into law. The Act amends the provisions of the Alabama Uniform Trust Code, which provide creditor protection for various types of tax-preferred retirement accounts…more

401k, 403(b) Plans, 457(b) Plans, ERISA, IRA

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Nonunion Employees Striking – How to Respond

A National General Strike has been announced for February 17, 2017 as a “peaceful display of resistance and solidarity” to protest the Trump Administration’s policies. This “strike” poses thorny legal issues for nonunion…more

Employer Liability Issues, Protected Concerted Activity, Strike, Trump Administration

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Delayed ETA for EPMs – CMS Delays New Bundled Payment Models

On March 21, 2017, CMS issued the anticipated delay related to the new Episode Payment Model (EPM) bundled payment program regulations that were finalized in January. The rule, Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment…more

Bundled Payments, CCJR, CMS, Delays, Episode Payment Models (EPM)

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WHITE PAPER: .bank is here!

A white paper from OBER/KALER describing what you need to know about .bank - Sunrise is on the horizon for .bank. A new Internet land rush begins mid-2015 for websites bearing the extension .bank, the financial world’s…more

gTLD, ICANN, Online Banking, Trademarks

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Coalition of Lawyers and Civil Rights Groups Brings Down Corporate Bad Guy in Alabama

Wonderful news today in Alabama – private probation company Judicial Correction Services (JCS) is high-tailing it out of the State after several years of being repeatedly sued over its mistreatment of low income people who are…more

Injunctive Relief, Probation

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Spotlight on Tennessee: Department of Revenue Proposes Tax Regulations

The Tennessee Department of Revenue (the Department) is in the process of proposing a wide range of regulations addressing current state tax laws. The purpose of this project is to promulgate new regulations to clarify and…more

Business Taxes, Department of Revenue, Enforcement Actions, Excise Tax, Franchise Taxes

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Five Changes to the Tennessee Nonprofit Corporation Act That You Need to Know

The following are five important changes to the Tennessee Nonprofit Corporation Act (the Act) which became effective January 1, 2015: 1. Affirmative Disclosure Requirement to Report Up the Chain of Command; 2…more

Board of Directors, Corporate Conversions, Disclosure Requirements, Fiduciary Duty, Indemnification

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U.S. Department of Labor Issues More Stringent Regulations for the Review of Disability Benefit Claims

The Department of Labor (DOL) published the Final Rule on December 19, 2016, revising the regulations addressing claims procedures for ERISA plans providing disability benefits. These claims procedures were developed pursuant to…more

Affordable Care Act, DOL, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Final Rules

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Implementing An Employee Wellness Program? Be Careful - The EEOC Is Interested

According to recent studies, over 90% of employers offer some type of wellness incentives to their employees. This is a significant jump from 2009 when only a little over half of employers had employee wellness programs, and the…more

Adverse Employment Action, Corporate Counsel, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Enforcement Actions

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Nancy Degan Offers Testimony for Confirmation Hearings of Justice Neil Gorsuch

Nancy Scott Degan, managing shareholder of Baker Donelson's New Orleans office and chair of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the Neil Gorsuch confirmation…more

Confirmation Proceedings, Neil Gorsuch

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Reading the CFPB Amicus Tea Leaves

Because the CFPB is still a young agency, having formed in 2011 pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank), the enforcement record of the Agency is somewhat limited, not by…more

Amicus Briefs, Cause of Action Accrual, CFPB, Corporate Counsel, Dodd-Frank

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Regulation A+: A Capital-Rising Method that is Ready for Franchising

In a prior article published in Franchising Today, we addressed the intersection of franchises and crowdfunding, a method of business financing which was made legal through rulemaking on the part of the Securities and Exchange…more

Accredited Investors, Capital Raising, Franchise Disclosure Document, Franchises, Franchisors

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CFPB Cites Violations of Regulation X

The CFPB recently cited several loan servicers for violations of Regulation X that stemmed from "outdated and deficient servicing technology." The CFPB announced in its June 2016 Supervisor Highlights: Mortgage Servicing,…more

CFPB, Loss Mitigation, Mortgage Servicers, Mortgages, Regulation X

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Legislation Enacted To Permit HOAs To Collect Resale Inspection Fees

Beginning in October, Maryland homeowner associations will have the right to collect a fee relating to inspections during the resale process. What had been House Bill 34 in the 2017 session of the General Assembly, and has now…more

Fees, Homeowners' Association

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Congressional Committees Advance Bipartisan FDA User Fee Agreements

On May 11 and June 7, the Senate HELP Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee, respectively, both advanced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize four different user fee agreements that account for over a quarter of the…more

BsUFA, FDA, FDA Reauthorization Act, GDUFA, Medical Device User Fee Program (MDUFA IV)

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Antitrust "Whistleblower" Protection Legislation Reintroduced in the Senate

On April 4, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced S. 807, the "Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2017." The legislation, co-sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), would prohibit employers from retaliating against…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Antitrust Violations, DOJ, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing

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Arkansas Goes to Bat on Medical Marijuana: Hits Homerun for Employers

Across the country, employers and companies are dealing with efforts to decriminalize and legalize marijuana, both medicinal and recreational. In November 2016, by constitutional amendment, Arkansas legalized medical marijuana…more

Employer Liability Issues, Employment Discrimination, Employment Policies, Hiring & Firing, Marijuana

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Lender Involved Condemnation Part 2: Lender Concerns in Condemnation

This is the second installment in a series of articles related to lender-involved condemnations. The first installment provided a basic discussion of eminent domain and condemnation principles…more

Condemnation, Eminent Domain, Lenders, Risk Management, Takings

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CFPB Demonstrates its Broad Scope

While it has only just begun its third year, the CFPB has already left its mark with a series of recent enforcement actions. Below are four examples of how the CFPB has wielded the broad scope of its mandate…more

Bonuses, Capital One, CFPB, Debt-Relief Industry, Enforcement Actions

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NLRB Takes Aim at Non-Union Employers

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently handed down a series of decisions that challenged the fundamental tenet of the employee-employer relationship: at-will employment. This new affront came on the heels of a…more

At-Will Employment, Confidential Information, Internal Investigations, NLRA, NLRB

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Bartram Affirmed: Florida Supreme Court Provides Guidance For Filing a Successive Foreclosure Action Post Dismissal

Nearly a year after hearing oral argument on the matter, the Supreme Court of Florida affirmed the decision of the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Bartram v. U.S. Bank, N.A., SC14-1265 (Fla. Nov. 3, 2016), holding that a…more

Foreclosure, Mortgage Lenders, Mortgage Servicers, Mortgages

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Wage and Hour Focus in the Energy Sector Alive and Well

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) focus on wage and hour violations, which caught the oil and gas industry by surprise a little more than six years ago, continues to cause problems for the energy sector. Most recently, the…more

DOL, Energy Sector, FLSA, Oil & Gas, Over-Time

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Virginia General Assembly Addresses Fourth Circuit Decision to Uphold Statutory Cap on Recovery by Public Works Contractors for Changed Work

In Carnell Construction Corp. v. Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority, 745 F.3d 703 (2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the trial court’s ruling that, without government approval, the…more

Change Orders, Construction Contracts, Damage Caps, Modification, Proposed Amendments

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The Meaning of "No" – Putting the Italian Referendum in Perspective

Italian voters overwhelmingly rejected a set of constitutional changes that would have streamlined Italy's government and consolidated power in the hands of the Prime Minister's office. The practical impact of the "No" vote on…more

Italy, Prime Minister, Referendums

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Republican ACA Replacement Passes House Committees on Party Line Votes

On Thursday, March 9, after two overnight markups (one lasting 18 hours and one more than 27 hours), the House Ways and Means Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee voted 23 to 16 and 32 to 23, respectively, to…more

Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance, Healthcare Reform, Proposed Legislation, Repeal

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Supreme Court Steps Back, Punts on Student Transgender Bathroom Access Case for Now

When the United States Supreme Court agreed last October to hear the appeal of the Gloucester County School Board from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the matter of Gloucester County School Board v…more

Gender Identity, Gloucester County School Board v G.G., LGBTQ, School Restrooms, Title IX

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CMS Finalizes New SRDP Disclosure Form and Process

Parties disclosing actual or potential violations of the Stark law will use a new series of forms under CMS's Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP) process as of June 1, 2017. According to CMS, the new forms present…more

CMS, Disclosure Requirements, Health Care Providers, Hospitals, Physicians

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Attention Grammar-Lovers: First Circuit Proves Importance of the Oxford Comma

Think twice the next time you decide to forego the Oxford comma. For the non-grammar nerds in the room, the Oxford comma, otherwise known as the serial comma, is the comma used just before the coordinating conjunction (“and” or…more

Employer Liability Issues, Over-Time, Popular, Wage and Hour

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Texas Supreme Court Reinforces that Subcontractors May be Liable to Property Owners

On August 22, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that both the trial court and the court of appeals improperly dismissed a property owner's claim for negligence against a subcontractor for improper plumbing installation in…more

Breach of Duty, Contractors, Duty of Care, Negligence, Property Owners

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EPA Finalizes Methane Emissions Limits for Oil and Gas Industry

On May 12, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final rules establishing – for the first time – limits on methane emissions. In addition to creating the new methane emissions standards, the amendments to…more

Climate Action Plan, Climate Change, EPA, Final Rules, Methane

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What You Need to Do Now: Responding to the Major Cybersecurity Attack Against Organizations

Regardless of whether you have experienced any disruptions to date, you cannot ignore the major global cybersecurity attack that continues to plague organizations. A particularly destructive piece of malicious software, the…more

Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Hackers, Malware

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American Apparel to Send 3,500 Workers Home: What You Need to Remember About the WARN Act

In the fallout of American Apparel's planned Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the clothing manufacturer warned almost 3,500 employees in its California locations that they may be laid off come the first of the year. Documents published by…more

Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, Layoff Notices, Layoffs, Notice Requirements

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Annie Get Your Gun – Court Rules Termination For Bringing Gun to Work Unlawful

In a recent decision that could have implications in many states, a federal appeals ruled that an employee could state a claim for wrongful termination under state law after being discharged for storing a gun in his car on…more

Employer No-Weapons Policies, Gun Laws, Guns-in-Trunks Legislation, Hiring & Firing, Wrongful Termination

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CMS Releases the 2016 OPPS Final Rule

On November 1, 2016, CMS published its final policy changes, quality provisions, and payment rates for 2017, as they relate to the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center…more

Affordable Care Act, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Bipartisan Budget Act, CEHRT, CMS

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Play is Not Work: Judge Dismisses Former USC Linebacker’s Wage and Hour Lawsuit

Former University of Southern California football player Lamar Dawson’s attempt to be declared an “employee” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was soundly defeated in federal court. Dawson brought the lawsuit on behalf…more

College Athletes, FLSA, Minimum Wage, Wage and Hour

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Health Care Legislation Maryland 2016 First Interim Report

The bills cited and reviewed in this Report are not an exhaustive presentation of all healthcare legislation. Rather, they represent either proposed or adopted legislation that we believe are among the most beneficial, curious…more

Acupuncture, Chiropractors, End-of-Life-Care, FTC, Health Care Providers

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Spotlight on Alabama: New Law Extends Creditor Protections for Certain Retirement Account Assets in Alabama

On May 18, Governor Kay Ivey signed Act 2017-317 (the "Act") into law. The Act amends the provisions of the Alabama Uniform Trust Code, which provide creditor protection for various types of tax-preferred retirement accounts…more

401k, 403(b) Plans, 457(b) Plans, ERISA, IRA

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Is It Time to Take a Fresh Look at Your Parental Leave Policy?

In 2014, Baker Donelson's Women's Initiative decided it was time to revisit our decade-old parental leave policy. While the policy was still competitive in our market, offering 12 weeks of leave for primary caregivers, we wanted…more

Employee Benefits, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, Parental Leave, Wage and Hour

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CMS Issues Instructions to Hospitals Regarding the Implementation of Ruling 1498-R2

In April 2015, CMS issued Ruling 1498-R2 addressing the calculation of the Medicare fraction of the disproportionate share hospital (DSH) adjustment for patient discharges prior to October 1, 2004. CMS has now issued…more

CMS, Disproportionate Share Adjustments, Hospitals, Medicare, Medicare Part A

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Women's Initiative Newsletter - Issue 3, 2014

The Baker Donelson Women’s Initiative is pleased to present the latest issue of our newsletter. Our Newsletter Chairs, Jennifer Keller and Amy Mahone, have done a fantastic job and I know that you will find it useful and…more

Career Development, Client Services, Professional Development, Professional Networking, Women in the Law

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HHS: Providers May Be Able to Subsidize Premiums For Uninsured in Marketplace Plans

An announcement October 30 from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius could remove the first hurdle for providers wishing to offer premium support for individuals eligible for health insurance on the Health…more

Affordable Care Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, Health Insurance, Health Insurance Exchanges, Healthcare

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Women's Health Tip: I'm SO STRESSED

I had a bad week. A really bad week. No one died. There was no terminal diagnosis. No damage that is permanent. But it was bad enough that I started questioning my goals and priorities. It also got me thinking of a trip to Napa…more

Stress Reduction, Work-Induced Stress

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Obama's Clean Power Plan Rule Halted By SCOTUS

On February 9, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) took an unprecedented step by halting the implementation of the Obama Administration's federal regulation to control carbon dioxide emissions, generally…more

Carbon Emissions, Clean Air Act, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, Coal-Fired Generation

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Justice Scalia’s Sudden Death: What Does It Mean for You?

The news of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death at a hunting lodge in Texas on February 13th rocked the country over Valentine’s weekend. The timing and suddenness of the staunch conservative’s death during President Obama’s last…more

Affirmative Action, Affordable Care Act, Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, Justice Scalia, Legislative Agendas

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Uncompensated "Off-the-Clock" Work Time Nets Call Center Nurses a $6.2 Million Settlement

Late last year, more than 1,300 "advice nurses" working at call-in centers providing answers to patient health care questions for Kaiser Permanente and Permanente Medical Group filed a class action lawsuit for unpaid wages and…more

Call Centers, Corporate Counsel, FLSA, Kaiser Permanente, Nurses

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Todd Construction v. United States: Navigating Performance Evaluation Claims in the Court of Federal Claims

A default termination can be a nightmare for a contractor that bids on federal projects, but a negative performance evaluation can prove just as troublesome for a contractor that finishes the job. The Federal Acquisition…more

Construction Industry, Contract Disputes, Court of Federal Claims, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Federal Contractors

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Power Outage Shows Unique Risks for Airport Cybersecurity

On May 27, 2017, thousands of British Airways passengers across the globe were stranded when a simple power failure took down critical systems, including those used to check in passengers. As images of crowded terminals and…more

Airports, Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity, Data Security

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Proposed Telehealth Expansion of Medicare Reimbursement

Telehealth continues to be a frontrunner on one strategy to achieve the triple aim, an effort to improve patient experience, population health and reduce per capita cost. To date, government reimbursement for telehealth services…more

ACOs, Dialysis, Dialysis Providers, ESRD, Health Care Providers

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Obama Signs Bill Making Changes to Affordable Care Act

On October 7, President Obama signed into law H.R.1624, the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act. The act amends a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to allow states to opt out of the scheduled expansion of…more

Affordable Care Act, Eligibility, Health Insurance, Healthcare, Obama Administration

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Court Puts the Brakes on Whistleblower's FCA Parking Claims

The Department of Justice (DOJ) reports that, in fiscal year 2016 ending September 30, it obtained more than $4.7 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims. More than half of this…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, DOJ, False Claims Act (FCA), Health Care Providers, Healthcare Facilities

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Employers Beware of the Cat's Paw

The cat scratches again! Five years ago, the United States Supreme Court handed down Staub v. Proctor Hospital, wherein it held that an employer may be liable for a supervisor's discriminatory animus when the independent…more

Adverse Employment Action, Cat's Paw, Employment Discrimination, Hiring & Firing, Retaliation

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Houston Shareholder Dedicated to Profession and Helping Others

Eddy De Los Santos grew up in Port Isabel, Texas, where he lived until graduating high school in 1991. He went on to begin his undergraduate career at Texas A&M, receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management…more

Business Development, Law Firm Associates

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Start Date Delayed for EPM, Cardiac Rehabilitation and CJR Episodes of Care

CMS recently announced that the effective start dates for episodes of care under the Episode Payment Model (EPM), Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model (CR) and the revisions to the Comprehensive Care for Joint…more

CCJR, CMS, Delays, Episode Payment Models (EPM), Final Rules

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Credit Card Issuers Get Ready – MLA in Full Effect October 3

Credit card issuers get ready; now is the time to make sure you are in compliance with the new requirements of the Military Lending Act (MLA). The amendments to the MLA expanded both the type of creditors it regulates and the…more

CFPB, Credit Cards, Creditors, Military Lending Act, Military Service Members

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Women's Initiative Newsletter - Issue 3, 2014

The Baker Donelson Women’s Initiative is pleased to present the latest issue of our newsletter. Our Newsletter Chairs, Jennifer Keller and Amy Mahone, have done a fantastic job and I know that you will find it useful and…more

Career Development, Client Services, Professional Development, Professional Networking, Women in the Law

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What Happens if You Wait Too Long to File Your Patent Case?

Patent owners recently were reminded that delay in pursuing patent infringers can be fatal. A patent lawsuit that is not filed timely can be blocked by the doctrine of laches, even to the extent of preventing the patent owner…more

Laches, MGM, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patent Royalties

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What Fluctuating Oil Prices Mean for Patent Infringement Lawsuits

A notable trend has developed between the price of oil and gas and the prevalence of patent infringement lawsuits. As the price of oil plummeted, the number of patent infringement lawsuits in the oil business has increased…more

Oil & Gas, Patent Infringement, Patents, Popular, USPTO

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